The following is a short list, featuring four significant authors from the formative years of horror fiction, plus twenty prolific authors, whom you would commonly find on any list of Horror Fiction "classics" or "essentials." A list of the "best" authors in any category has to be considered subjective under the best of circumstances. However, based on the criteria of which authors' works have continued to stand the "test of time," and whose works have remained relevant to contemporary readers, the authors listed here are a good place to start. Fans and/or students of Horror Fiction are also encouraged to check in with any of our librarians for additional recommendations!
classic. Among the best of a class, of the highest quality in a group...a work that endures. -- Harper Handbook to Literature
The author links in this booklist are to the complete listings of all materials in the Lincoln City Libraries' collections by these authors. The links connect directly to our library catalog, so that you may check on the current availability of titles. Covers shown below are relative samples of some of these authors' best-known works.